Rape suspect politician released from hospital

The Liberal Party’s former deputy leader Helge Solum Larsen was arrested by police in Stavanger on Saturday immediately after his release from a psychiatric hospital.

Rape suspect politician released from hospital
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The 43-year-old Solum Larsen is suspected of having raped a 17-year-old member of the party’s youth wing after the local branch's annual conference in Suldal, south-western Norway, in early February.

He resigned from the Liberal Party (Venstre) and was admitted to a psychiatric ward at Stavanger University Hospital in the days after the scandal broke.

Prosecutor Elisabeth Rød said a decision would be taken later on Monday on whether Solum Larsen will face a remand hearing on Tuesday.

“The charges against him have not been altered after questioning,” she said.

Helge Solum Larsen has admitted to having sexual relations with the girl but continues to assert that she gave her consent.

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Norway woman drugged and raped in Spain

A Norwegian woman has been drugged and raped after watching a football match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Denmark's Ekstra Bladet tabloid reported on Wednesday.

Norway woman drugged and raped in Spain
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The 20-year-old, who is a student at the Danish tour guide school in Lloret de Mar outside Barcelona, returned to the school in a confused state on Monday after being missing for nine hours. 
"Unfortunately I can confirm that one of our students has probably have been raped," Christiane Karlsen, the Managing Director of the Service & Co tour guide academy, told Ekstra Bladet. "But we know nothing about whether she has been stunned by drugs. She remembers very little and has had a blackout for several hours." 
She said that she had now banned the woman from drinking alcohol . 
"Of course we are all very sad on the Norwegian student's behalf," she told the paper. "And we have prohibited that she drink alcohol again while she's on the course." 
The school has encouraged the woman, who comes from Bergen, to report the rape to the Spanish police.